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textile

[teks-tahyl, -til]
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noun
  1. any cloth or goods produced by weaving, knitting, or felting.
  2. a material, as a fiber or yarn, used in or suitable for weaving: Glass can be used as a textile.
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adjective
  1. woven or capable of being woven: textile fabrics.
  2. of or relating to weaving.
  3. of or relating to textiles or the production of textiles: the textile industry.
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Origin of textile

1520–30; < Latin textilis woven, textile (noun use of neuter) woven fabric, equivalent to text(us), past participle of texere to weave + -ilis, -ile -ile
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Historical Examples

  • Lowell as a textile center has long been surpassed by other cities.

    The Age of Invention

    Holland Thompson

  • On the afternoon of the following day we visited the textile museum.

  • And the textile industry is well represented, as is brewing and distilling.

    Mexico

    Charles Reginald Enock

  • Thus is shown how important for Mexico is her textile industry.

    Mexico

    Charles Reginald Enock

  • This, however, was not felt as a want, at least not to the extent of inspiring a textile.


British Dictionary definitions for textile

textile

noun
  1. any fabric or cloth, esp woven
  2. raw material suitable to be made into cloth; fibre or yarn
  3. a non-nudist, as described by nudists; one who wears clothes
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adjective
  1. of or relating to fabrics or the making of fabrics
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin textilis woven, from texere to weave
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Word Origin and History for textile

n.

1620s, from Latin textilis "woven, fabric, cloth," noun use of textilis "woven," from texere "to weave," from PIE root *tek- "to make" (see texture).

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